The Wizard of Oz
The 2016 Autumn production, The Wizard of Oz was performed at the Regent Theatre, Ipswich. This production saw joint Directors, Sam Horsfield and James Hayward. Rosie Fuller choreographed the show with our Resident Musical Director, Mike Wren trying to keep the damned Winkies at bay.
The story goes; little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, often dreams of what may lie over the rainbow. One day a tornado hits her home town and carries her away to Munchkinland - at the end of the rainbow.
The Munchkins fete Dorothy as a heroine. Dorothy wants to go home to Kansas and seeks the help of the kind Sorceress of the North. Only the great Wizard of Oz, says the Sorceress, can help Dorothy get back to Kansas.
Dorothy persuades three friends to accompany her on the trip to the Emerald City to see the Wizard. They are Scarecrow, who lacks a brain, he thinks; the Tin Woodman, who has no heart, and the Cowardly Lion, who would like to have some courage.
The Wicked Witch of the West vows vengeance on Dorothy and does all she can to stop the friends getting to the Emerald City. But they do reach it, and manage to see the Wizard. He will only help them, he says, if they kill the Wicked Witch of the West, an apparently impossible task.
The well-known score includes some of the best loved songs in the American musical pantheon.
Dorothy Gale: Charlotte Sheehan
Hunk/Scarecrow: Sam Brown
Hickory/Tin Man: Michael Hayward-Smith
Zeke/Lion: Nathan Cant
Aunt Em/Glinda: Charlotte Curtis
Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch of the West: Kelly Fletcher
Professor Marvel/The Wizard: Martin Leigh
Uncle Henry/Guard: Jacob Eells